The New American Revolution

This primary season has been very illuminating. It has removed the veil covering up the real agenda of what remains of the GOP. Any moderates have fled the field and all that is left are the true crazies: the religious nutcase Rick Santorum, the moldering and never to be relevant Ron Paul, the delusional Newt Gingrich and the ever vacillating but very rich Mitt Romney.

These bastions of morality are intent on taking us back to the days where there were masters and servants and nothing in between. They say they want to preserve the American dream but when viewed up close, it’s a destruction derby on a grand scale they have in mind. If allowed their way, the United States of America will closely resemble the places our forefathers fled to escape the feudal systems that held them and their families down for generations.

Mitt Romney on foreclosures: “Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom, allow investors to buy the homes, put renters in them, fix them up and let it turn around and come back up.”  On the auto industry: “Don’t give them money. Let Detroit go bankrupt.”

Rick Santorum on birth control: “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is, I think, the dangers of contraception in this country. .?.?. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

Newt Gingrich has advocated instituting modern forms of poll taxes, has called President Obama the “food stamp president,” a thinly veiled racial slur made worse when he continued that, if invited he would stand before the NAACP and tell African-Americans that they should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.  He also championed learning English instead of speaking the language of the ghetto—a statement he tried to retract by delivering its rationale in Spanish. And let’s not forget he would put children to work as janitors in schools.

Ron Paul would repeal “parts” of the Civil Rights Act because he feels if you own a business, you should be able to deny service to anyone based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference or anything else you can come up with to keep undesirables at bay.  He stated at one of the Republican debates that it is the responsibility of a person to buy health insurance and if they didn’t buy it or couldn’t afford it well… churches, charities, friends and relatives should pitch in. He didn’t mention that a former campaign aide had died of pneumonia several years ago for lack of insurance, even with financial assistance from Paul, who raised $50,000 for the man but came nowhere close to covering the $400,000 needed to cover the costs.

All of them would deny health care to those who can’t afford it. All of them would deny women the right to choose. All of them would make LGBT people second-class citizens. For that matter, they would make anyone who wasn’t a white Christian male a second-class citizen. All of them would cut social programs for the poor in order to further line the pockets of the rich and none of them would spare so much as a dime for the homeless they would create in their avaricious dreams of power. All of them would take us into new wars with Iran, with Syria and who knows where else. All of them would continue to send American jobs overseas.

We would be a nation of renters (some renting the homes they once owned), of tenant farmers, of women without access to birth control. We would devolve into a third world nation of barefoot children, working in sweatshops and living in shanties while their parents worked for the man until they dropped dead or were replaced by the man because they were too old or too feeble to continue working. We would be a nation always at war and the warriors will be the expendable people because without birth control, there will always be new fodder for the machine.

It is no accident that this is happening. It is a finely orchestrated and heavily funded assault on the American way of life. With people like the Koch brothers reaching into their pockets, there is no way to outspend them, for the rich in this country have all the money. But the people have the numbers. That’s what the 99% movement is all about. We’ve got the numbers and we can defeat this backwards agenda. If we don’t, it will be the end of life as we have known it in this country.

In the states that have instituted laws making it difficult to vote, it is time for those who can to step up to the plate. Poor people, old people, people who aren’t aware of the new voting laws need ID. So it’s time to get volunteers out there taking them to state Departments of Motor Vehicles to get those picture IDs. And then on voting day, go back and pick them up and take them to the polls. Every single person who cares about this country has something to offer, from getting information to those who are not aware, to standing up and never backing down in the face of insane arguments from the Right, to sending as much as you can to candidates who care about you and not about their bank accounts, even if it’s only a dollar. Write and email advertisers to let them know you will not buy their products if they continue to fund people and campaigns that are counter-productive to the American Dream. And mean what you tell them!

There is power in numbers. A ragtag army of farmers and shopkeepers defeated the greatest power in the world in the American Revolution. They had no social media. They had no radio or television but they got the word out, they came together and they did something that sometimes even they thought was impossible. We owe it to them, to ourselves, our children and all who will come after to fight for the dream that is America.